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Question about skiing form on straightaways...

post #1 of 17
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I've noticed alot of people kind of tuck their poles and arms behind their back as they fly through a long fast straightaway. Is this to become more aerodynamic, or does this technique come from something else?
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by DefJef
Is this to become more aerodynamic,
yes.

Steve
post #3 of 17
Yes.. we like to fantasize the we are downhill racers... ha ha... When I go into a tuck... it puts others on notice that I'm going for it and to challenge my friends to just try to keep up... I am sure my friends are quite impressed.... ha ha...
post #4 of 17
It's those poles stickin' straight up in the air that give it away, tho...
post #5 of 17
Aerodynamic yes but if you are talking about the "instructors tuck" where we sort of tuck down and put our hands behind or back and let the poles almost drag.. but don't get in the all out race tuck it's probably because the resort we work for does not allow tucking on the flats so that's our way of tucking without tucking. On real cold days it helps keep the hands out of the wind and a little warmer too..
post #6 of 17
I've always done it just to prevent people from getting too close... All you have to do is raise the pole tips up a bit and you have a nice sharp backside.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by ssh
It's those poles stickin' straight up in the air that give it away, tho...
That position! We need a word, a single (OK, two or three) word(s) to describe it.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by KenE
That position! We need a word, a single (OK, two or three) word(s) to describe it.
death tuck That's what is always been referred to with people I know.
post #9 of 17
LOL SSH ... right what you want to do is end over at the waist, stick your butt out some, put your poles under your armpits (ideal is your hands are low and the baskets are as high or higher than your head behind you) and, finally, don't forget to then tip your head back up so you can see where you're going ...

fast? oh hell yeah ... wikkid fast!
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by KenE
That position! We need a word, a single (OK, two or three) word(s) to describe it.
Is "turkey tuck" the phrase you're looking for?
post #11 of 17
Never received any instruction on "right way" to tuck but it seems to me when you see competent skiers do this the position looks like a bike racer in time trial form -- low straight back, hands forward, eyes up. I was not aware resorts had rules against this, I often do it to conserve momentum on flats, and when I try to emulate cycling form it feels most efficient.
post #12 of 17
"Gentlemen's Tuck" (as I've heard it called) -- What the original post mentioned. Casually leaning forward, arms along the sides, hands behind the rear. Poles can either drag or point at rakish angle of your choosing. The purpose is to strike a relatively aerodynamic position while not actually tucking, as a real tuck scares the ski patrol and makes it look like you're trying too hard.

"Turkey Tuck" (that's as a good a name as any) -- Knees bent into a nearly seated position, with calves hard against the back of the boots; bent over at the waist enough to be uncomfortable, but with the shoulders up; hands tucked in around the groin, poles under the armpits, ideally angled up at more than 45 degrees. For extra points, should be executed in a lopsided gliding wedge.

"Tuck" -- Back parallel to the snow; hands out in front; elbows in the vicinity of the knees. This position alone is enough to get you warned for skiing too fast at some areas.
post #13 of 17

Tuck?

Hands behind back poles behind, sort of upright stance for going through the flats. IDENTITY: The COOL looking, I'm a pro, I'm relaxed, I'm just too good, hey look at me I'm really cool. Is it more Aerodynamic (sort of you gain a .555% less drag from having your hands behind your hips/butt, however you lose 7.555 % of efficiency by standing up. Effecientcy factor Minus 7%. I look cool/look at me factor Plus 11% (but only if the right nerds etc. are watching-and theres a 91% chance they could care less about how you look going thru the flats).A little levity never hurts!!!
post #14 of 17
Not to be confused with the highly impressive TOILET TUCK.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho
IDENTITY: The COOL looking, I'm a pro, I'm relaxed, I'm just too good, hey look at me I'm really cool.
Or it could be that ski the same place every day and you know exactly how much speed you need to get somewhere without effort.

Steve
post #16 of 17
Actually, I never do this when students or former students might be watching.
post #17 of 17
Brec,
That's why I do it.

RW
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